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Banks's Stadium to host England Under 19s in March

7 February 2022

England’s Young Lions will head to Walsall in March.

The Men's U19s host a 2022 UEFA U19 EURO elite round group with Armenia, Portugal and Republic of Ireland as they bid to qualify for this summer’s finals in Slovakia.

That qualifying campaign will begin against the Irish at Walsall on Wednesday 23 March (7.30pm kick-off).

Ian Foster’s age group will then welcome Armenia to Rotherham United on Saturday 26 March (2pm kick-off) before rounding off the group against Portugal on Tuesday 29 March (7.30pm kick-off) at a venue to be confirmed.

Only the group winners qualify for the U19 EURO finals, a tournament England has won once in its current guise in 2017. 

Foster said: “It’s great that we have home advantage for this final phase of our qualifying campaign and even better that it allows us to take our Young Lions around the country.

“We’re looking forward to visiting Walsall where the backing will be vital in helping to get us over the line to qualify for the U19 EURO finals in Slovakia this summer.

“It’s rare that football fans get to witness the next crop of young England stars in their region so we hope to see plenty of all ages come out to enjoy the unique experience of watching international football.”

Walsall Football Club Chief Operating Officer Daniel Mole added: “We’re really pleased to be hosting England Under 19s at the Banks’s Stadium.

"It’s a testament to our longstanding relationship with the FA. We’re always proud to host the national team and I’m sure it will be a great occasion.”  

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